5-9 July 2016
Reviewed by Kelly Dewey
As always the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton provided a charming venue with polite staff and good clean facilities to host this production of the record breaking tour. I am a big fan of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, unfortunately I was extremely disappointed with the Bill Kenwright production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a traditional Biblical story about Joseph (the youngest son of Jacob, and his favourite), his eleven brothers and his coat of many colours so why on earth the producers felt the need to include Elvis, Caribbean dancing and a Harley Davidson I do not know. There was absolutely no relevance or connection as to why these things were included. I just did not get it at all. I felt the original story (family feuding, adultery, slavery, captivity, dream interpretation, career advancement, famine and triumph) did not need vamping up with such gimmicks at Elvis and French men in stripy tops and berets. Somethings do not need modernising, it’s like Mary Poppins having rapping in it. It just does not connect. I felt the true story was diluted and if I was attending not knowing the story I would have gone away not knowing the true emotions of Joseph and what he went through.
The female narrator, Lucy Kay (Britain’s Got Talent), had a brilliant voice but Joe McElderry wasn’t my favourite Joseph I must say.
For me this was a rather disappointing retelling of this family musical, for others this light-hearted, humorous version may be a nice treat.
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £36.50 (booking fees may apply).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 9 July 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811